The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known
as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property
and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
Modern folk duo Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. Blending country, folk and pop into a
seamless package, they bring a rare freshness and spontaneity to the stage. Their new CD "I Read Your Book" features songs each inspired by
a different book. Friction Farm's previous recording earned them a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in
2011. Miami New Times describes them as "melodious and infectious folk nuggets that couple pretty harmonies with a contemplative simplicity."
“Aidan and Christine command any stage they’re on. Their appreciable force is gently delivered with keen lyrics and beautiful melodies, with a hint
of humor to mitigate the seriousness of some of their material.” - David Engels, Emerald Concerts
Danielle Miraglia (murr-Ä L e a) comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica.
Her tunes range from heart-felt to socially conscious and will move both your heart and hips. Danielle's latest release “Box of Troubles” a
bare-bones expression of all these attributes, explores the highs and lows that life has to offer and has already received rave reviews.
Alternate Root says “Danielle Miraglia’s guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive. Her steady thumb and playing style trace a direct line to
the blues of the field and chicken shacks. Vocally, Danielle’s voice digs in, twisting within the delivery, seeming to break but more likely
soaring before the fall. ‘Box of Troubles’ balances good times with the bad, her characters roles’ defined and believable.”
"Danielle Miraglia is a treasure! She captivated her audience from the first few notes she played until the end of her second encore. She is
charming, talented, a total professional, and completely down to earth. I can't wait to bring her back next year! She is always welcome on our
stage." - Barron Chandler, Director, Narberth Summer Concert Series
Loretta Hagen and Squirrel Stew
Saturday October 11, 7PM
One part Americana, two parts Folk, a dash of Country-flavored rock - all served up by multi award-winning, chart-topping songstress LORETTA HAGEN
Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career.
Awarded a 2014 NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) Quad showcase, NJ JAM (Jersey Acoustic Music) Awards “Top Female Songwriter of
the Year”, winner NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, and CT Folk Festival Finalist, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and
Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on
Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and receiving airplay throughout the US,
Canada and Europe. Loretta has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Gretchen Wilson and
Marshall Crenshaw to name a few and plays premiere stages across the Northeast. Loretta’s melodies leave folks feeling as if they are
listening to their own stories set to song.
"Loretta Hagen is a very special performer with a deep understanding of human emotions and this is reflected in the songs that she writes. "
- Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club
Well, here's the recipe: take a bunch of musicians, scratch that, - - -
- - - take a bunch of guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, and bass players, with a variety of musical backgrounds that range from jazz
and classical to minstrel, delta blues, and you-name-it. Now gradually add them to a group of similar players with varying familiarity with
old-timey tunes. Then mix thoroughly in a blender and extract 3 players who have no parochial reverence, but love playing the tunes. Add some
additional styles and you've got stew.
George Colligan Jazz Ensemble
Saturday November 8, 7PM
"One of the best kept secrets in jazz, pianist George Colligan has developed an intrepid attitude that goes hand-in-hand with a strong sense
of identity..."-Chris Hoven, All About Jazz
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.